Born to a Seychellois mother and an American father, Joe Smith, who was a band member of legendary Motown group the Four Tops, Gizelle was raised in Manchester, UK with a multicultural upbringing steeped in soulful music from the very beginning. She became the frontwoman of the band The Mighty Mocambos, touring with them and appearing at the Montreal Jazz Festival to over fifty thousand people.
In 2018 she released her first solo album, ‘Ruthless Day’. With a crew of jazz-schooled musicians and incorporating a more adventurous approach to instrumentation that sees a wide array of strings, brass and synths added into the mix of the ‘traditional soul band’ set up.
Her 2021 album ‘Revealing’ features a cover version of King Of The Mountain.